In the year 1849 Huguier published his remarkable
essay entitled: "de l'Esthiomène de la Vulve et
du Périnée." Previous to the appearance of this essay every
variety of vulvar ulceration had been described under
the term of "lupus" irrespective of the cause and
nature of the ulceration described. After the publication
of Huguier's essay, numerous French and
English authors adopted the term of esthiomène and
many of them retained the term of lupus concurrently.
It is obvious that many writers on the subject understood
by both terms merely a process of "ulcerative
destruction" and did not intend to point to any
definite causation by the choice of name.